I would like to congratulate the Philadelphia Eagles for winning their first Super Bowl! I'm sure the people of Philly are basking in their championship glory as I write this blog. In honor of the Eagles incredible and historic victory, I would like to pay homage to a classic mystery within conspiracy circles: The Philadelphia Experiment. For those who aren't familiar with the story, it goes a little something like this....During WWII, the U.S. Navy was looking for any edge to increase the stealth and efficiency of their warships. A lot of them were being sunk by the German U-boats in the Atlantic and Japanese vessels in the Pacific. In order to turn the tide against the Axis powers, the U.S. Navy decided to "allegedly" conduct scientific experiments on a ship that would help make it invisible to radar. In 1943, the U.S. Navy selected the USS Eldridge, a destroyer escort that was docked in the old Philadelphia Navy Yard as the guinea pig. Scientists believed that if the could create an electromagnetic field around the vessel, the field would deflect radar waves from enemy vessels and make the Eldridge "invisible." Unfortunately, according to some accounts, the EMF did its job a little too well because the USS Eldridge literally went invisible and disappeared....into the time-space continuum!! The ship and its crew vanished and immediately re-appeared in the U.S. Naval base in Norfolk, Virginia! The ship didn't stay in Norfolk long as it teleported right back into the Philadelphia Naval Yard a few minutes later. However, it didn't take long for the crew to experience extremely negative side effects. There were stories of sailors being lodged into bulkheads and decks. Some sailor had disappeared into thin air. The men in this group had experienced an invisibility phase where they were still able to interact with crew momentarily while some men disappeared permanently and were never seen again. The "lucky" ones had only gone insane. Apparently, going through the time-space continuum unexpectedly had such a traumatic effect on these crew members that the U.S. Navy had no choice but to discharge them and throw them in psych wards to keep them away from concerned family members and the press. The U.S. Navy quickly pulled the plug on this horrific experiment, but many theorists believe that the scientists kept the tests going under another moniker called the Phoenix Project. We may never know the "official" truth about what happened on the USS Eldridge, but I am certain it is stranger than any fiction you would read in a sci-fi novel.